PETALING JAYA: A total of 38 suspects have been detained in raids on five online scam call centres in Ampang and Cyberjaya.
Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Hussein Omar Khan said the call centres, set up in condominium units, were raided on Monday (May 22).
"We detained 31 men and seven women in the raids, including two foreigners.
"We also seized equipment including 31 laptops, 54 mobile phones, three modems and a set of keys," he said in a statement on Wednesday (May 24).
The syndicate has been operating for about two weeks targeting victims from China, he said.
"We cannot ascertain the total amount of losses as the victims were Chinese citizens," he added.
Comm Hussein said investigations showed that the syndicate members were employed to contact victims via phone and social media applications.
"They duped victims by posing as their friends or conducting ecommerce scams.
"We are investigating the case under Section 420 of the Penal Code for cheating," he said.
Comm Hussein warned that stern action would be taken against anyone involved with scam syndicates.
"The public should be vigilant against any tactic used by scammers, be it on social media or other sites," he added.